CSA Interim Board statement on Ministerial intervention

Mon, 19th April 2021

The Interim Board of Cricket South Africa (CSA) notes the Minister’s statement regarding his proposed intervention in cricket in terms of s 13(5) of the Sports Act.

The Interim Board (IB) wishes to again express its disappointment with the actions of the Members’ Council at yesterday’s Special General Meeting (SGM).

By not accepting a new governance model, despite their previous undertaking to do so, the actions of the Members’ Council have placed the game’s future at grave risk. IB Chair, Dr Stavros Nicolaou, stated that, “The Board believes that the Minister was left with no option but to invoke his powers in terms of the Act. The Board remains concerned that the impact of the Members’ Council actions will have serious consequences for cricket’s stakeholders, specifically grassroots cricket and sponsorship contracts. The Minister’s action must, however, now take its course.”

The IB will be working at a rapid pace to complete the remainder of its work, specifically its final report. That report will provide details of the ongoing and acute governance failures in cricket, manifested in the dysfunctional SGM yesterday.